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Extend Property Tax Exemption for Gold Star Surviving Spouses

SECTION 10.   Section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 765 to 767, the words "; provided, however, that in no case shall the abatement amount exceed the sum of $2,500 in any fiscal year following the fifth fiscal year of receipt of the abatement".

Currently Gold Star spouses receive a property tax exemption for five years, with a cap of $2500/year in years six and after. This section makes this exemption permanent until the Gold Star spouse dies or remarries. The estimated $135,000 annual cost is included in the property tax abatement appropriation.